Chelsea to rival Everton for Euro 2016 star, Toffees want Premier League scorer

Chelsea are set to battle Everton for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel, with the Blues seeing him as an alternative to Belgium team-mate Radja Nainggolan.

According to a report by The Daily Mail, the Blues had a bid of £33 million for the AS Roma star rejected by the Serie A giants, which mean they have now been turned down three times in their chase of Nainggolan.

Chelsea’s attention could now turn to Witsel, who is another impressive member of Belgium’s Euro 2016 squad and who has been linked with a move away from Russia this summer as he wants to play in a bigger league. Zenit are expected to demand some return on their £30 million investment from 2012.

Witsel has scored seven times in 69 appearances for his country, including the third goal in a 3-0 trashing of Ireland during the group stages at Euro 2016, while he scored six goals and provided two assists in 45 appearances for Zenit last season.

Meanwhile, Everton are keen on landing Graziano Pelle if Romelu Lukaku leaves Goodison Park. The 30-year-old is expected to leave Southampton after Euro 2016 and could follow boss Ronald Koeman to Everton.

However, according to a report by Sportitalia (via talkSPORT), Juventus have made Pelle their top target to replace Alvaro Morata, who joined Real Madrid after Los Blancos activated their buy-back clause.

The Old Lady are confident they can persuade the Italy international to join them as they can offer him Champions League football. Pelle has scored two goals so far at Euro 2016, one against Belgium and one against Spain.

Last but not least, the Toffees are prepared to enter a bidding war with AC Milan for Swiss defender Leo Lacroix, with Sion set to profit with a potential fee nearing £10 million.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Everton have have already tabled a £6.6million bid for the 24-year-old, but it seems they will have to go higher in order to secure his services.

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